Date
15 October 2018
Eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella reached consumers in nine US states, US authorities said on Friday. Representative image: Bloomberg
Eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella reached consumers in nine US states, US authorities said on Friday. Representative image: Bloomberg

Salmonella fears prompt recall of more than 200 mln eggs in US

Nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina are being recalled from nine US states after 22 people fell ill, the US federal Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.

The eggs may have been contaminated with salmonella braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, the agency said in a statement, Reuters reports.

The eggs were recalled by producer Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana “through an abundance of caution,” the statement said.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, which is reported to produce 2.3 million eggs per day from 3 million laying hens.

The eggs reached consumers in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

According to the Food Safety News website, the recall marks the largest such pulling of eggs from the market in the US since 2010.

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